posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 01:49 AM
FEMA's eventual solution, (once they were able to actually get supplies) was to set up POD (point of distribution) Centers which are spread out all
over the metroplex. Houston and the surrounding areas take up a huge amount of land with a fairly dense population spread out over a huge expanse.
There have been maybe 4 to 6 of these PODs operating at a time. You have to drive to them. Most of the gas stations have no power. The few that do
have long lines and run out in a hurry as those who can afford to buy generators fill up as many gas cans as possible. This need to drive all over the
place just to find gas, use it waiting in line, get to a POD before they run out of food and ice has been a nightmare for many.
A lot of people are driving to places like College Station, Waco, etc to buy food and gas and even then there are shortages and long lines.
After tropical storm Allison, the various aid services brought food, water, ice and even clothing and tents TO people. It was much more efficient for
the govt trucks who had ready access to fuel to bring the aid TO the people rather than setup wide spread "POD" centers and ask people to drive to
them. The roads are full of traffic, gas lines block roads, traffic signals out make for long back ups - all while emergency crews, utility trucks,
etc are trying to navigate the city.
As much as I appreciate the job these responders are doing, and am glad they are here to help those who could not prepare - the system being used is
(We have not made on trip to a POD and have provided everything we required ourselves, just to be clear).
Something weird is going on in Galveston - the people allowed in seems to be a strange mix of land developers, people with political connections, etc.
Residents who could have saved property - including boats were denied access and lost property after the storm had passed.
They've gone on TV saying people will be allowed in and then turned them around after they managed to scrounge up gas and make the drive, sometimes
from 4 hours away - with no reasons being given.
The cell network was taken over, leaving many with no ability to call for help including people who weren't even on the island.
We saw a news report that martial law has been declared in Galveston and possibly other areas of Houston. The promised clarification has not yet come.
We've had curfews from day on, this "martial law" is not about the curfews.
Anyone in the downtown Houston area blowing their horn about being back to work already..... Yes, you had power back soon, congratulations. This part
of the US is a very spread out one with some places not having power for weeks to come. Even getting fuel to get to work or to a POD for that matter,
is still a challenge for some. What about all the people who relied on public transportation?
Try not to be so self centered.